Former President John Mahama has called on government to create an atmosphere for good journalism to thrive in the country.
“I want to encourage President Nana Akufo-Addo and his close associates to seize the occasion to create an atmosphere that is more tolerant of criticism and devoid of intimidation in order for the media, CSOs and individuals to freely express themselves and contribute to national discourse,” Mr Mahama wrote on Facebook as the world marks Press Freedom Day today.
Press freedom in Ghana has come under the spotlight in recent times following reported attacks on journalists. Popular investigative journalists have either been physically attacked or threatened by individuals perceived to be supporters of the ruling New Patriotic party.
Meanwhile, the Police are yet to provide any concrete findings of their investigations into the murder of investigative journalist Ahmed Suale, who worked with ace journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and many others.
Other practitioners including Manasseh Azure Awuni, and Edward Adeti have reported intimidation and threats on their lives.
The government has however rejected claims it is doing little to ensure the safety of media personnel.
World Press Freedom Day, is observed on May 3, to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.